Women in non-traditional roles
The Women in Non-traditional Roles program is run by Protech in conjunction with Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads commercial business, RoadTek. The program offers a cohort of women from across Queensland the opportunity to gain on-ground industry experience and training.
The program aims to address the underrepresentation of women in their construction workforce.
“Protech is working hard to have a positive impact with our Women in Non-traditional Roles program, to address the gender discrepancy across the construction industry,” says Protech’s Managing Director Marc Meili.
The program, which has been running since 2017, has had positive outcomes for all involved, with a high retention rate of workers continuing on with RoadTek at the completion of their training.
“We hope to broaden this program to further industries in the future, so we can continue to work towards gender diversity within Protech and beyond,” says Meili.
Protech partners with Dreampath to provide Indigenous employment opportunities across Australia.
Dreampath is a Supply Nation certified Indigenous labour hire agency and workforce solutions provider, working to support career aspirations across a range of industries.
“Indigenous men and women are vastly underrepresented within the workforce, so the partnership between Dreampath and Protech was born with the goal to close this gap through employment,” says Meili.
As well as employment opportunities, Protech and Dreampath combine forces to offer Indigenous mentoring and cultural awareness programs, supporting retention of employees.
Group training organisation
As a group training organisation (GTO), Protech employs apprentices and trainees to be hosted with businesses and projects across the country.
Protech first became a GTO in Queensland in October 2019, launching two key programs aimed at skill development and job placement of apprentices and trainees in and around Brisbane.
Registrations in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales, and South Australia soon followed in 2020 and 2021.
“Hiring apprentices and trainees is an opportunity for businesses to future-proof their workforce while remaining confident that all staff we supply have been put through our certification process,” says Executive General Manager, Ben Fitzsimmons.
Managing Director Marc Meili says, “supporting the next generation through employment and mentoring is another crucial action that aligns with our purpose to be a positive influence in people’s lives.”
“Being a group training organisation is just one of the ways we are working towards creating a more inclusive workforce and taking the lead to drive change in the industry.”
Protech’s diversity and inclusions programs, including Indigenous Employment, Women in Non-traditional Roles, and Group Training Organisation, are just one more Protech Plus, added benefits of the company’s customised range of workforce solutions. Other such benefits include Co-Create, Protech Certified, and Australian-Owned.